The motto of the 2012 Olympic Games was “Inspire a Generation.” I took this motto to work with me every day for the past year, and now that I am back home in Southeast Louisiana, I hope to provide that same inspiration to others in the same way that those here have helped inspire me.
Two months ago, I embarked on one of the greatest treks of my life: representing the United States at the Olympic Games in London. Stepping onto the track, I felt an enormous sense of pride for what I had accomplished to get there, and at the same time, I was honored to be able to represent my country and my hometowns in Louisiana and Iowa.
Every day I spent in London, I was reminded that the Games are about more than just a single athlete — I knew I had not made it to the Olympics alone. Wearing the Team USA uniform, I felt the strong support of those who helped me make it to London — my family, friends, coaches, fans and sponsors — Asics, BP, Red Bull, P&G, Oakley, McDonald’s, TwinLab, and Kemin Industries. When I was challenged, you stood behind me. When I succeeded, you celebrated me. For your unwavering support, I thank you.